Ensalada de NocheBuena is a traditional Christmas Eve salad in Mexico

Ensalada de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)

An easy, cheerful salad traditionally served on Christmas Eve in Mexico but delicious any time.

Course pomegranate, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Christmas recipe, ensalada de nochebuena, pomegranate orange and beet salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 4 medium beets boiled, peeled and sliced
  • 2 whole oranges peeled and sliced
  • 1 large red apple Gala or Delicious, peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole pomegranate seeds only
  • 3 slices fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime
  • 1 cup jicama peeled and thinly sliced optional
  • 1/2 cup pepitoria pumpkin seeds toasted in a skillet
  • 1 cup lettuce romaine or meslun
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise Hellman's
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
US Customary - Metric


  1. Prepare all the fruit (except pomegranate) and chill separately
  2. Prepare jicama (peel and slice) if available
  3. Line a salad dish or plate with lettuce leaves
  4. Fill the bowl wth prepared fruit or arrange the chilled fruit on a plate
  5. Mix salad dressing in a glass jar, shake and drizzle over fruit
  6. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and toasted pepitoria
  7. Squeeze the juice of a lime over top

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Ensalada de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 175mg 7%
Potassium 276mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 49%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.